Active transport

Updated 2/25/19

Bikeways and sidewalks add to a healthy lifestyle while reducing neighborhood congestion, improving air quality and energy conservation, not to mention fuel cost savings.

The RTC review process for 2040 long-range plan recommended a combined bicycle and pedestrian modal split of 8% by 2013; 9% by 2018; 11% by 2030; and 12% by 2040. Additional enhancements include ensuring bicycle parking is adequate to promote use at transit stations and transfer facilities. Currently, all RTC Ride buses have a bicycle rack.

While the volume of pedestrian travel is much lower in the suburban and rural portions of Washoe County, it is still an important mode of travel, particularly for children going to and from school and recreation facilities. Pedestrian access to public transit from daily living activity areas are also important, e.g., travel to food stores, healthcare, schools, shopping areas, etc.

The Rails-toTrails, Active Transportation for America 2008 study found that more than half of current car trips could be completed within a 20-minute bicycle ride, and 25% of trips within a 20-minute walk. The 2014 study reported that about 50% of all trips taken in the United States are ≤3 miles, which equates to approximately 15 minutes on a bicycle.

Here’s the 2014 data poster from RenoTracks.

The Reno-Sparks Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan was completed in 2011, aimed as establishing a well-connected bicycling and walking network through the community. The effort mapped all regional bikeways and sidewalks, in order to develop consistent design standards necessary to secure funding for proposed projects.  RTC is currently seeking input to update the complete streets master plan.  Visit Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Wheelchair Data Collection Program Annual Report (2014-2015) for more information on the plan’s annual data collection.

Note the following directly impact bicycle and pedestrian data:

  • Seasonal weather (rain, wind, snow)
  • Seasonal temperatures
  • Air quality impacted by wild fires
  • Gasoline prices
  • Weekday vs. weekend traffic
  • Bike lanes or sidewalks
  • Wheelchair access

Bicycle maps

Download the English and Spanish language Truckee Meadows bike maps.


  1. Bikeway physically separated from motor vehicle traffic
  2. Designated lane portion of the roadway for bicyclist
  3. Segment of a system of bikeways, normally shared with motor vehicles but advantageous to bicyclist
  4. Complete streets are designed to improve visibility and safe travel for all users—pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users

Help for your bicycle

Visit the Reno Bike Project for help with your bicycle.

Annual Bike Week

Watch the video or visit the  Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance for bike safety/laws and information on the annual bicycle week events, May 15-19, 2017.

What might help increase the number of people bicycling and walking?

  • Employee wellness program incentives and rider safety programs
  • Employer locker-rooms, showers or other changing facilities
  • Bicycle rental infrastructure and sharing programs
  • Hotel Bike rentals
  • Bike storage lockers and more bike parking/racks
  • Organized bicycle rides for youth
  • System of multi-use trails that access high use recreational facilities

How many times a month do you walk or ride a bike instead of getting into your car for a trip to the store or the dry cleaners or some other errand? [MarkeTec phone survey for TMT, December 2007]

Always take my car 54%
1–3 trips 16%
11 or more trips 11%
4–6 trips 6%
7–10 trips 4%
Don't have a car 4%
Don't know/refused 4%
Always take my bike 1%


US Census Bureau, American Community Surveys;

Reno-Sparks Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan;

Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance;

Your Body While Biking, Blog

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